Thursday, April 20, 2006

It's hard to be gay in Lodgepole, Nebraska

Completely fascinating set of maps on America's religious distribution, with links, over at Kos. Author Devilstower sums it up: "One thing's for sure, if a religious shooting war ever starts in this country, I'm staying the heck out of Nebraska."

Interesting that so much of the country, Maine included, is "default Catholic" blue. My own denomination, Protestant Episcopal, is too small at 2 million to show up on the big map. (There are more Muslims in the U.S. than Episcopalians.) But if you want to live in an enclave where they dominate, you can choose from several counties in - I find this astounding - South Dakota or Alaska!

I think Devilstower has offered us sound advice on Nebraska. We had family members - nondenominational variety - take up residence there for job reasons and they didn't last a year. Aside from the freight trains running through town every 3 minutes and the astonishing flatness and the Christ-and-football culture, they couldn't hack being asked "What church do you belong to?" by every passerby.

Note: The title of this post is from the song "Cornhusker Refugee" by the Austin Lounge Lizards. They're the same group who brought us "Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You."


janinsanfran said...

I think those Episcopalians in Alaska are Gwichin native people. They've been very active opposing drilling in the ANWR, with strong support from the national Episcopal Church.

Alna Dem said...

Thank you - I did wonder about that!

I'm so pleased that my church is joining with the UCC and others to start countering the rabid Christianists on many fronts.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Nebraska for seven years, and in all that time no one ever asked me what church I belonged to. Yes, it's flat and the Cornhusker madness is annoying, but generalizations about its people are as wrong and inaccurate as generalizations about, say, Episcopalians, which I happen to be.